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Events This Week: Get Fired, Go Dance

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MONDAY: Never The Girl Next Door
Gretchen Mol plays Bettie Page in the upcoming movie, The Notorious Bettie Page that opens April 14. Join Mol and director Mary Harron at Reel Talk with Stephen Farber at the Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood.

Tuesday: Decruited
“We [in show business] are experts in the field of rejection.” It began in L.A. when Annabelle Gurwitch collected stories from comedian friends to produce an event called Fired. Now, it’s a book that features stories and interviews from people including Felicity Huffman, Andy Dick, Tim Allen, Morgan Spurlock and more. Gurwitch, Jeff Garlin and others will be at Dutton’s in Beverly Hills at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: Deodorant That Nearly Destroyed The Earth
The senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Martin Smith, will present and sign his new book OOPS: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America. When it comes to failure, truth is stranger than fiction. Smell-O-Vision proves our point. 7:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

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THURSDAY: “I hate the Wetlands. They're stupid and wet”
If you like birds or just want to have a nice 2-hour morning walk, join the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors on a bird watching expedition in the Ballona Wetlands and you might see a Great Blue Heron or Black Crowned Night Heron. This isn’t a Save the Wetlands Bachelorette Auction, but there are many Ballona Wetlands advocacy groups out there. 9:00 a.m. at the Burton Chace Park Community Room in Marina del Rey.

FRIDAY: Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
Day 1 for The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography at the Skirball Center. The exhibit, which runs through September 3, displays 10 photography, video, and multimedia projects by thirteen emerging and mid-career artists. It is organized into three thematic sections — "Who is a Jew?," "What is Community?," "Where is Home?"

SATURDAY: “Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.”
A Japanese proverb says “we're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." One dollar gets you a 20-minute dance lesson at the “largest known public dance class in Los Angeles County.” A Taste of Dance will teach you Samba, Cambodian, Irish Step, Danzon and even the Foxtrot from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Music Center Plaza.

SUNDAY: "How could he lose the ball in the sun, he's from Mexico."
Mexican-American Baseball in Los Angeles: From the Barrios to The Big Leagues opens in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Cal State L.A. The exhibit tells how baseball played as a cohesive element and social and cultural force within the Mexican-American communities of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.